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Blackground by Joan Aiken
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Oct 29, 2009

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bookshelves: suspense, general-fiction, authors-ab
Read in June, 2008 , read count: 1

Actress Cat Conwil has landed a leading role in a new miniseries ("Dodo and Rosy", based on a book whose title is "a place name that was imaginary, and not interesting anyway" -- sound familiar?). Through this job, she meets James Tybold, Lord Fortuneswell, who pursues her relentlessly until she agrees to marry him. But during their romantic Venetian honeymoon, Cat suddenly realizes that she's met Ty before...and this revelation changes their relationship utterly.

Like Foul Matter, much of Blackground is an exploration of the heroine's past, though here the present drama is more important (and past and present are not very well balanced). The plot is on crack, as usual, but I found neurotic, hypochondriac Cat compelling, so I enjoyed it anyway.
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